Archive for June, 2009

Work Dreaming

2 June 2009 at 8:02 pm
by Jonah

One of these days I’ll stop dreaming about work. It happens eventually.

I keep waking up and saying to myself, “Stop it! You’re not actually getting anything done!” Of course, with dreams, it’s all a little off, like I have to send off foreclosure notices in the proper way at the proper time, and apparently by karaoke. Or messenger balloon.

Last night I finally started dreaming about an old abandoned windmill along the Santa Fe Trail that NASA had augmented and was available for camping in.

Some researchers believe that dreams are our brains’ way of categorizing the information we gathered during the day. Maybe I won’t stop having these dreams until I know my job inside and out.

I hope it happens soon. I keep waking up feeling even more exhausted than when I went to bed. I’ve also had a week-long headache.

This morning I awoke surprised to find my jaw aching but without a migraine (usually the jaw ache triggers one). Also odd was that my jaw only hurt on my right side. I felt it and realized by lymph node was very swollen and was really tender to the touch.

It isn’t nearly as tender now. Maybe I’m fighting swine flu.

Maybe I’ll figure out what I’ve got tonight in my dreams.

In other news, when Berck finally gets laid off, he should qualify for three months of unemployment benefits. So we should be able to survive for a while.

Furlough Imminent

2 June 2009 at 9:51 am
by Berck

I just got an e-mail from my employer that states they are furloughing another 250 pilots by January 2010. This would most certainly include me, though it’ll probably take them several months to get to me because of the amount of retraining that they’ll need to do.

The e-mail states they’ve done everything possible to reduce the number of pilots that they need to furlough, but this is obviously a load of crap. They state that they didn’t get enough response to their voluntarily time off without pay program, but I know MANY pilots who put in for that program and were denied. They could also spread the amount of flying around far better than they’re currently doing, but they claim they don’t want to do that because “it would cause the pilot group to complain.” Obviously, but we’re not going to complain about losing our jobs?

What a load of crap. With something insane like 10,000 airline pilots currently out of work, chances of my being able to find a job flying anything anywhere are not good.